PARENTING
10/20/2014 06:08 pm ET Updated Oct 20, 2014

'You Sat In The Splash Zone': The Messy Truth About Breast-Feeding

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Breast-feeding advocates (and I count myself in their number) are eager to evangelize. We promote the image of a serene mother, flushed with oxytocin, nursing her newborn in a wooden rocking chair while moonlight streams through the window. But romanticizing breast-feeding may backfire, setting moms up to lose heart when lactation difficulties arise. Here is the messy truth I tell my pregnant friends, in the hope that realistic expectations will empower them to persist through breast-feeding’s challenges in order to secure its very real rewards.

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